Mrs. Magnusen is delighted to have a job that combines her two favorite things, children and helping people, into one career as the Child Assistance Counselor at Woodside Avenue School.  Originally from Long Island, NY, she earned a B.A. from Penn State University and a M.A. in School Counseling from Fairfield University.  Throughout college and graduate school, Mrs. Magnusen worked with children of all ages as a Nanny and Gymnastics Teacher.  While at Penn State, she was involved with THON, or the Penn State Dance Marathon, which raises money for children with cancer and their families.  As a senior, she stood on her feet for 48 hours straight and helped raise $3.5 million.  

In her spare time, Mrs. Magnusen loves to spend time with friends and family.  She and her husband have two boys.  They are all very big sports fans and root for the Yankees & Pirates, Giants & Steelers and Penn State.  She also loves to read, cook and spend time outdoors, especially at the beach.

Counseling Philosophy

The Franklin Lakes School Counseling Program believes that all people can learn and grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and also develop a strong sense of moral responsibility. Our comprehensive program is built on the assumption that educational, career, and personal objectives are attainable when all students are supported by school counseling services.  All students in Franklin Lakes, grades K-8 have the right to receive school counseling services and discuss unique needs.  The counselors will serve as a liaison between students, parents and, when necessary, teachers to maximize student success. 

Elementary School Counselors believe:

Emotional development, like academic development, is essential.

Children's feelings directly affect their behavior. Therefore, helping students identify and understand their feelings will lead to better choices.

Children need to be heard, and have relationships with adults who talk with them and not at them.

Counselors are never disciplinarians so students can consider the counselor's office a safe place.  Our role is not to solve students' problems, but to give them the necessary tools to solve their own problems.

Character education starts at a very young age.  Developing the character of youngsters when they are in elementary school will lead to success throughout their lives.